Sennheiser MM 50 for iPhone

Compared to the headphones bundled with Apple's iPhone 3G the MM 50s are light years ahead. Exceptional sounding bass and its affordable price tag make the MM 50 a great choice for replacing those dodgy Apple ear buds.


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Design
Out of the box the MM 50s are an unremarkable looking set of headphones, as most in-ear 'phones tend to be. They feature an asymmetrical cable design with 1m and 1.3m length cabling, in-ear headphones with rubber tips and a small receive-call button and microphone located at the position where the cable separates for each ear, sitting on your shoulder just below your chin.

Sennheiser bundles three sizes of rubber ear-buds with the MM 50; small, medium and large. As with most in-ear headphones the MM 50s take a bit of wearing to get used to, and we don't feel the headphones are comfortable enough to wear for more than a few hours. They are very lightweight though, making them perfect for wearing to the gym, if you don't mind the small microphone bobbing about as you jog or cycle.

With the assistance of the rubber ear tip, the MM 50s offer what Sennheiser describes as "noise blocking". While this isn't complete noise cancellation it does make things sufficiently quiet to block out the jabbering of the various "friendly" strangers you tend to encounter on public transport, or dare we say, at the office.

Performance
Sennheiser knows its business, especially if you intend to entice people to spend extra money on headphones to replace the ones that were bundled with a phone or music player at no extra cost. The MM 50 is substantially better; expressing a quality of sound far superior to the comparatively shoddy ear buds that come in the box with Apple's iPhone and iPod range, and headphones that come bundled with all music playing hardware for that matter.

The most significant difference is the MM 50's extraordinary bass reproduction. Unplug the iPhone headphones and plug in the MM 50s and you'll hear it immediately. The tone is warm and rich, though it leans towards the low end frequencies, delivering deep bass and hard-hitting mids while sacrificing the treble slightly. Most people won't mind this sacrifice, especially people who tend towards bass-thumping dance tracks or ear-bleeding metal, and we found this attention to the low end helped make the audio during calls clearer.

We also discovered that the MM 50 isn't compatible with all the major mobile phone brands, specifically Nokia handsets featuring 3.5mm headphone jacks. During our tests we connected the MM 50 to the Nokia N95 8GB and N82 and both produced a loud buzz and wouldn't playback any audio. We successfully tested the 'phones with the Sony Ericsson W380, via an adapter, and the iPhone 3G. Both produced an excellent sound whether we listened to music or during calls. In fairness Sennheiser is only promising compatibility with the iPhone, though this does seem remarkably short-sighted.

Overall
For the RRP of $99.95, the Sennheiser MM 50 headphones make an excellent and affordable replacement for the underwhelming Apple bundled ear buds. If you plan to use the MM 50 with another brand of phone, be sure to take your phone into the store with you when you buy them, or keep the receipt in a safe place in case you have any difficulties.



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alimac23
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alimac23 posted a review   
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The Good:OK sound Quality

The Bad:Awful construction

I have had these earphones for just over a year, i got them as a christmas present and already the cable where it joins the 3.5mm plug has worn away making them useles which i wasnt happy with. I would return them but i dont have the reciept and the person who got them for me cant find it.
I contacted the service department for Sennheiser Australia (Synctec) and was told that these were "non servicable earphones" and that nothing coul be done about it, for $140 and based upon Sennheisers reputation i was expecting a little bit more in getting them repaired, now i've got a useless $140 piece of rubbish that's just over a year old and unable to be repaired, avoid these earphones like the plague, the build quality of them is terrible, you can definitely do much much better for the money.

Doo'h
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Doo'h posted a review   

The Good:Okay sound, bas

The Bad:Broke even before use

I got these as a present and when I tried 'em in my iphone i felt stupid for getting them.
They were not playing loud at all, and if I turned the volume to max they would make a scratchy noise.
When i push the button it turns the volume up and makes it clearer, which is absolutely not okay.

Worst present ever.

twitcher
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twitcher posted a review   

The Good:Good isolation, Bass OK

The Bad:everything else

The gap between Sennheiser's best and worst is an immense gulf if my experience with the MM50 is anything to go by. I bought them as an "upgrade" from a pair of Philips SHE9700 (I accidently broke the plastic casing on one of the buds) with the promise that they would "blow the Philips out of the sky". From the first listen, I found them to be dull and quiet, completely lacking in mid and upper frequency clarity. Fine, they just need to be burned in right? 50 hours of relatively normal FM radio later and they still sound like a pair of mud pies in my ears. Whatever, I said and just kept using them since I had stupidly ditched the receipt. Over a few months, I began to adapt to them to the point where they sounded "normal", and forgot the sound of the much brighter Philips (RIP) until one day without warning, the left bud just decided to shut up shop. I wasn't even moving when it fizzed out, sitting still, tangle free and whammo! Jiggling the jack revealed that the wire had indeed broken, and thus my faith in Sennheiser has been shaken for eternity. I hear rave reviews about the IE8 and other high end Senns, maybe their lower-priced stock just doesn't get the same love at the factory. Avoid.

Pyrmonter
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Pyrmonter posted a review   

The Good:Good Sound (when working); good cord length; comfortable in the ear; effective noise reduction, good b****

The Bad:Ultra-fragile; die without notice after weeks

I bought these on introduction in 2009 - have had 5 pairs under warranty since; they die either at the bud (typically the right hand side) or at the jack to the IPhone. Syntec's warranty staff are unresponsive. I'm greatly disappointed as my older CX-100s (used in the gym) and Sennheiser hi fi headphones all showed great longevity and robustness - the CX-100s have done 3 City to Surfs (and training); several half marathons and hundrededs of hours in the gym; the MX-50s have died after gentle carriage in a suit pocket.

Cal
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Cal posted a review   

The Good:excelent sound quality, remote. great for audiophilles. good noise canceling

The Bad:cables look like they are made from cheap supermarket headphones, I won't be surprised when they brak

The momment I played music through these for the first time I thought "wow" these headphones have a great sound quality to them. The headphones also cancel A LOT of noise. as said earlier. it is weird talking when you are wearing these. My only concern is the cable. it looks like it is cheap and will fall apart at any moment. I want these headphones to look as good as they sound.

Gns
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Gns posted a review   

The Good:Amazing sound quality, no distortion at all. Good for Audiophiles.

The Bad:Poor, very poor quality material. Very, very fragile.

I had a blast with these for 2 months. After that, the internal cables broke while i was at the gym. I didn't even make any pressure, just the motion pulled that off. Poor quality material overall. I'll not buy them again.

Taf
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Taf posted a review   

The Good:Sound great

The Bad:But fragile - avoid - actually don't bother

For the price you'd think they would make something more robust! After 3 months mine are unusable, and they has normal wear and tear, internal wires obviously have broken.

I WILL NOT buy them again

 

simon posted a reply   

Totally agree - the MM 50s are crud and are not worth the bother.

 

Mista2 posted a comment   

The Good:Great sound, and last much longer than the stock iphone buds

The Bad:Could do with a lapel clip as the mic keeps catching on my jacket colar when walking, dragging the left bud out of my ear sometimes

I really liked these buds and are much much better than the stock apple ones (I went through three in 6 months before the accessory warrantee ran out, the stock ones are hopeless).
Great value for casual use.

 

phoneman posted a comment   

The Good:sound

The Bad:right ear piece stopped working after 3 months

sound is great but break in no time
keep ur receipt... u will probably need it...


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  • alimac23

    alimac23

    Rating1

    "I have had these earphones for just over a year, i got them as a christmas present and already the cable where it joins the 3.5mm plug has worn away making them useles which i wasnt happy with. I w..."

  • Doo'h

    Doo'h

    Rating1

    "I got these as a present and when I tried 'em in my iphone i felt stupid for getting them.
    They were not playing loud at all, and if I turned the volume to max they would make a scratchy noi..."

  • twitcher

    twitcher

    Rating4

    "The gap between Sennheiser's best and worst is an immense gulf if my experience with the MM50 is anything to go by. I bought them as an "upgrade" from a pair of Philips SHE9700 (I accidently broke ..."

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